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The Power of Being Present

Posted by matt on August 25, 2017 in Matt, Uncategorized |

When I’m walking through my morning routine each day, one discipline I practice is to write down “Daily Virtues”. Daily Virtues are the attributes or qualities I want to see become more manifest in my life. (more on that in another post). I divide these virtues into three categories, Be. Live. And Do. The first […]

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The Problem of Selfishness

Posted by matt on August 3, 2017 in Matt |

I wonder how much of a good and redemptive life is simply noticing our surroundings and making the conscious decision to respond with something more than selfish voyeurism? How much good would we do, how much better could our neighborhoods, workplaces and cities become if we made the simple decision to engage each other with […]

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10,000 Pushups

Posted by matt on August 1, 2017 in learning, Matt |

Over the course of July it wasn’t uncommon for someone to ask me why I’m doing 10,000 pushups. Here’s the skinny… Doing 10,000 pushups in a single month is ridiculous. There is no meaningful reason that exists for why someone would do that many pushups in a single month. So, why? The genesis of the […]

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Stop being offended

Posted by matt on June 27, 2017 in Matt |

Make up your mind not to be offended anymore. Your life will be better. Last week I wrote these words on Facebook and my good friend Darin goaded me into writing a few more. So, I’m going to spend a few minutes about the dangers of unnecessary offense and a few potential solutions. DISCLAIMER: I […]

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Father’s Day Reflections 2017

Posted by matt on June 19, 2017 in Family, Matt, Parenting |

Father’s Day has always been an incredibly bitter sweet day for me. For many years the bitter was all I tasted as I was filled with a lot of anger, pain and resentment. My dad has never lived up to my expectations; yet I imagine he hasn’t lived up to his own expectations either. This […]

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Being the people we are raising our kids to be-Trying New Things

Posted by matt on May 23, 2017 in Family, Matt, Parenting, Uncategorized |

I love my daughter. I love all 3 of my daughters. I love my son too, just in case he’s reading this, (he’s not…he’s five). Our oldest daughter is 7 and she is smart, determined, and loves to read. She takes leadership of many things, siblings included, and she is a perfectionist, which is a […]

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Thoughts on Marriage Conflict

Posted by matt on May 19, 2017 in marriage, Matt, Parenting |

It happened again. An argument. Even as I sit and write I cannot remember what the argument was about. In all likelihood the argument was a direct result of something one of us said that the other chose to take in the worst possible light; the assumed detection of a voice inflection that changed a […]

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You wont be seven forever

Posted by matt on May 15, 2017 in Matt, Parenting, Uncategorized |

I took you out last night, Daddy Daughter Date. You were so excited. You looked so pretty. When your brother looked at you in your blue dress, midnight, the color I remember half moon lake where I grew up, he said, “You look like a women!” his cheeks blushing. The necklace was made with your […]

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Lessons from failure

Posted by matt on May 12, 2017 in Matt, Missional |

This post is the 3rd in a three part series on my Leadership Failures in Church Planting. The first two posts can be viewed, here and here. As I said in part 1, worse than failure is the failure to learn from failure, and learn plenty I did. Below are a few things I learned […]

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Leadership failures in Church Planting (part 2)

Posted by matt on May 10, 2017 in Matt, Missional, Uncategorized |

Earlier this week I posted the first of two parts in Leadership Failures in Planting. You can read that post here. Today I want to continue by giving you the other six reasons our plant failed from a leadership perspective. I launched us without enough preparation While our core group had been meeting for several months […]

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